TADL Kids Text Tips

Tips for parents of preschoolers are texted right to your phone! These encourage interactive fun with your young children while also getting them ready for kindergarten.

  • May 17When walking or driving, point out signs and symbols that your children may recognize. Noticing that signs and symbols are all around is part of print awareness, knowing that print has meaning.
  • May 10Looking for different uses of one item encourages creativity and inventiveness. You will be surprised how many different things a toilet paper roll can be! Encourage children to use their imagination.
  • May 3: Be sure to share factual books with young children that coincide with their interests or piques their curiosity. Info in nonfiction books introduces new vocabulary to children and we can learn right alongside of them.
  • April 26: “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” describes the natural world, making it more than a fun song to sing. It explains in simple words that after rain makes everything wet, the sun will shine and dry out the wet areas.
  • April 19: Help children make sense of their world by grouping things that go together, like knives, forks, and spoons at a table. Naming and categorizing things can be fun for children of all ages.
  • April 12: Help children hear the smaller sounds in words, syllables, by clapping, snapping, and/or tapping them out. You can try your child’s name or a word with multiple syllables like, “library.” LI-BRAR-Y
  • April 5: Children need between 5-12 seconds to respond to a question. When reading or speaking with your child, give them extra time to practice this essential skill (don’t worry, they will get faster).
  • March 29I had a little turtle. / He lived in a box. / He swam in the water. / And he climbed on the rocks./ He snapped at a minnow. / He snapped at a flea. / He snapped at a mosquito./ And he snapped at me./ He caught the minnow./ He caught the flea./ He caught the mosquito./ But he didn’t catch me!
  • March 22Children love identifying animals and making animal sounds. Do this with picture books or felt or make your own animal scrapbook with pictures you cut-out or draw together.
  • March 15: Read lots of picture books and nursery rhymes to children. They contain more unusual words than everyday conversation. Having a large vocabulary helps children understand what they hear and what they will later read. 
  • March 8: Feltboards are great ways to help children remember a story’s sequence of events and retell it in order. Try doing this at home with narrative driven nursery rhymes like “Hey Diddle Diddle”.
  • March 1: Children can help you with measuring things in all kinds of ways- in deciding whether something will fit in a certain space, in cooking, and in making things. And measuring doesn’t have to involve tapes or rulers. Common objects will work, too (“This space is 3 sippy cups wide by 4 sippy cups high”).
  • February 22ndTrains are exciting for kids. Find ways to explore trains together by reading books, reciting rhymes, looking at toy trains in stores and magazines, and waving at the real thing as they pass by.